2010 Blues Music Award Nominees by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

Posted on 3/08/2010 by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

Blues Music Awards, the highest honor given to Blues artists, will be presented by the Blues Foundation this year on May 6, 2010, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.

Joe Louis Walker

Heading the list of honorees for the 31st Blues Music Awards is Joe Louis Walker, who garnered five nominations, including Album of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "I'm Tide" from his recent release Between a Rock and the Blues. Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin. Super Chikan, Louisiana Red and Duke Robillard, each received four nominations.

Super Chikan

Louisiana Red

Almost every nominee will perform. Blues Foundation members get seating preference and are the only fans who vote to decide which nominees will win the Blues Music Award.

Duke Robillard(photo Richard Hurley)

I strongly recommend joining the Blues Foundation and it is easy to do online with a credit card. Their awards such as the Blues Music Awards, Keeping the BLUES Alive and the International Blues Challenge (which includes adults and younger people), their outreach programs for musicians, HART and SOUND Healthcare, promoting BLUES in the Schools, the BLUES Hall of Fame are a testament to their commitment to lovingly promote and preserve our beloved indigenous musical genre. Furthermore, the folks that work there and the many volunteers are all genuine, wonderful friends.

The BLUES Foundation is not just talking the talk, they have about 185 affiliates across the globe representing blues societies, protagonists promoting and preserving the music.

Please take just a moment to join the BLUES Foundation today! It is not expensive and it will make you feel good about preserving and honoring the music we love and cherish.

Click here to go to their site:

The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Charter Members' Dinner will be held the night before the Awards, May 5. Honorees were listed by my friend and colleague, Monica Yasher, in this article in the American Blues News:

I am planning on covering both events for the American Blues News and my dear friend, Terry Lape, has plans to come to Memphis and join me. Tickets are still available at the Blues Foundation website:

The following is a list of this year's nominees, including links, highlighted in blue, which you can click to check out interviews and pictures of these artists that our writers and photographers have compiled here at the American Blues News.

2010 Blues Music Awards
Presenting Sponsor: The Gibson Foundation


Acoustic Album

David Maxwell & Louisiana Red You Got to Move

Maria Muldaur & her Garden of Joy Good Time Music for Hard Times

Saffire-the Uppity Blues Women, Havin' The Last Word (Interviews with: Ann, Gaye, Andra)

Samuel James For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen

Various Artists Things About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the music of the Mississippi Sheiks

Maria Muldaur

Josh Roberts, Wayne Russell, Samuel James and Doug McMinn

Acoustic Artist

Annie Raines & Paul Rishell
Doug MacLeod
Guy Davis
Louisiana Red
Samuel James


Duke Robillard's Jumpin' Blues Revue, Stomp! the Blues Tonight

Eddie C. Campbell Tear This World Up

Joe Louis Walker Between a Rock and the Blues

Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint Back to the Black Bayou

Various Artists Chicago Blues A Living History

B.B. King Entertainer

Candye Kane Interview pics
Magic Slim
Rick Estrin
Super Chikan
Taj Mahal
Tommy Castro Interview Pics

Laura Chavez, Barbara Blue and Candye Kane on Beale Street for the IBC


Duke Robillard's Jumpin' Blues Revue
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
The Mannish Boys
Tommy Castro Band Interview Pics

Best New Artist Debut

Greg Nagy Walk That Fine Thin Line

Joanne Shaw Taylor White Sugar

Marquise Knox Man Child

Monkey Junk Tiger in your Tank

The California Honeydrops Soul Tub!

Contemporary Blues Album

Candye Kane, Superhero interview pics

Joe Louis Walker Between a Rock and the Blues

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Twisted

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters Living in the Light

Tommy Castro, Hard Believer interview pics

Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Bettye LaVette
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Ruthie Foster
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

Derek Trucks (show review, CD review)
Joe Louis Walker
John Nemeth
Michael Burks
Tommy Castro interview pics


Delmark Records It Ain't Over! Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues, Live at Buddy Guy's Legends

Eagle Eye Media Live at Montreux 1993 (B.B. King)

Jo Films& Roadside Productions Hot Flash - The Documentary (Saffire-the Uppity Blues Women)

Mojo Rodeo Records A Night in Woodstock (Paul Rishell & Annie Raines)

Vincent Productions Down to the Crossroads Vol. 1 (George Thorogood & the Destroyers w/ Eddie Shaw)

the late Sean Costello
we played and hung out in the same clubs on Beale Street for years


Bear Family Records Taking Care of Business (1956-1973) (Freddie King)

Chess Authorized Bootleg (Muddy Waters)

Eagle Records Essential Montreux (Gary Moore)

Hip-O Select The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) (Little Walter)

Landslide Records Sean's Blues (Sean Costello)

Little Walter Jacobs


Bill Stuve
Bob Stroger
Larry Taylor
Mookie Brill
Patrick Rynn


Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
Kenny Smith
Sam Carr
Tony Braunagel

the late Sam Carr
drummer, band leader, friend


Derek Trucks (show review, CD review)
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Lurrie Bell
Ronnie Earl


Billy Branch LV Banks article more pics
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin

Billy Branch(photo by Terry "Gatorman" Lape)


Al Basile
Big James Montgomery
Deanna Bogart
Eddie Shaw
Keith Crossan


Buckwheat Zydeco (accordion)

Gerry Hundt (mandolin)

Johnny Sansone (accordion)

Otis Taylor (banjo)

Rich Del Grosso (mandolin)

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Henry Butler
Henry Gray

my friend, Eden Brent

Rock Blues Album

Derek Trucks Band Already Free (show review, CD review)

Jason Ricci & New Blood Done with the Devil

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat Tijuana Bible

Mike Zito, Pearl River

Tinsley Ellis, Speak No Evil Interview


Cyril Neville & Mike Zito, 'Pearl River' (Pearl River--Mike Zito)

James “Super Chikan” Johnson “Fred's Dollar Store” (Chikadelic--Super Chikan)

Joe Louis Walker “I'm Tide” (Between a Rock and the Blues--Joe Louis Walker)

John Hahn & Oliver Wood “Never Going Back to Memphis” (Never Going Back--Shemekia Copeland)

Vyasa Dodson “At Least I'm Not With You” (At Least I'm Not With You--The Insomniacs)

Soul Blues Album

Charles Wilson Troubled Child

Darrell Nulisch Just for You

Johnny Rawls Ace of Spades

Latimore All About the Rhythm and the Blues

Mighty Sam McClain Betcha Didn't Know

Latimore performs

Soul Blues Female Artist

Barbara Carr
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Shirley Brown
Sista Monica Parker

Soul Blues Male Artist

Curtis Salgado
Darrell Nulisch
Jackie Payne
Johnny Rawls

Traditional Blues Album

John Primer All Original

Johnnie Bassett The Gentleman is Back

Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint Back to the Black Bayou

Super Chikan Chikadelic

Various Artists Chicago Blues A Living History

John Primer and Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
performed together at the 2009 Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival
our article:

Traditional Blues Female Artist

Ann Rabson
Debbie Davies
Fiona Boyes
Shirley Johnson
Zora Young

Traditional Blues Male Artist

Duke Robillard
John Primer
Johnnie Bassett
Louisiana Red
Super Chikan

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American Blues News Staff

What makes American Blues News unique is our coverage across America. Here is our lineup:

Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Nighthawk is our resident globetrotter and man behind the scenes, as he tours with the Reba Russell Band.

Tues: New York Correspondent - J. Blake
Blake is the American Blues News review and interview guru. You may catch him out and about in NY playing the blues.

Wed: National Correspondent - Monica Yasher
Monica is our executive director and artist interview specialist. You can catch Monica singing the blues around Pittsburgh or working on some country music songs in Nashville.

Thurs: Washington, DC Correspondent - Virginiabluesman
Geraldo offers inteviews and reviews. You may have seen him at an Ana Popovic concert or conversed with him on her websites, as he offers administrative support with her music.

Fri: Northeast Photographer - Nelson Onofre
Nelson offers a Friday column of blues photography and pictorial support for the interviews covered by the team.

Jim Stick in Colorado
Jim will be focusing on the Blues Festivals in the beautiful state of Colorado, and the artists that live and visit there.

Maureen Elizabeth, our resident art correspondent, will be focusing on blues art as she explores the creation of CD covers, or speaking with artists who also have a love of creating pictorial art in addition to their music! She may also feature some of her good friends in the Pittsburgh area. In her love of art, you may find Maureen's photography accompanying writer's articles on our pages. Maureen is also our marketing director.

Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

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